Victoria Macdonald , Health and Social Care Correspondent

Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News.

Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.

She closely follows the changes and developments in the NHS and the care system from the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust to the wholesale reforms of the health service.

Victoria also reports on medical developments, mental health issues as well as covering stories on how welfare reforms are affecting those with physical disabilities. And she closely watches developments in HIV/Aids and TB.

Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.

  • Published on 16 Nov 2017 Sections

    Tomorrow a campaign will be launched to highlight the significant number of young people who die suddenly from epilepsy. Figures show that nearly half of the deaths are preventable and yet too often those with the condition are not told enough about the risks. In Cornwall, they have developed a simple checklist – and an…

  • Published on 8 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    The head of the NHS in England has demanded more money for the health service invoking the contested £350 million pound Brexit boost promised by the Leave campaign during the EU Referendum. Warning that hospital waiting lists could grow by 25  per cent – to five million – in the next few years Simon Stevens said…

  • Published on 19 Oct 2017 Sections

    The NHS is facing one of its worst winters for years with warnings that increased patient numbers, fewer beds, and less money will increase pressures on an already struggling system.

  • Published on 3 Oct 2017

    Care of the elderly, or social care, has rarely been so high up the political agenda. Indeed, it blighted the Conservatives’ manifesto launch at the last election.  Now a new report seen exclusively by Channel 4 News reveals that in five years’ time, nine out of ten local authorities in England will not have enough care home places…

  • Published on 17 Sep 2017 Sections ,

    The statistics watchdog criticises Boris Johnson for a “clear misuse” of official figures – after he repeated the claim that £350m a week could go to the NHS after Brexit. Mr Johnson’s aides say the complaint was only about the headline on his article – rather than his own words. The Foreign Secretary was a…

  • Published on 16 Sep 2017 Sections ,

    The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has insisted he is “all behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit” – after his article about Britain’s future outside the EU that’s been widely seen as a Tory leadership challenge.

  • Published on 15 Sep 2017

    A pay rise to “stop the rot” – unions say a million NHS staff should get a 3.9% hike, plus an extra £800 for what they claim they’ve lost because of austerity cuts. That would cost the health service as much as  £3bn, and it’s yet more pressure on Theresa May and the Chancellor Phillip Hammond after a week…

  • Published on 13 Sep 2017 Sections

    A cardboard box packed with essential items for the first year of a baby’s life. And when it’s emptied it can, along with a mattress, be turned into a cot. It’s a simple idea which has been introduced across Scotland to improve the health and welfare of the nation’s children.

  • Published on 9 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    New figures show that three quarters of local authorities have been forced to overspend their children’s social care budgets by over half a million pounds. The Local Government Association says the councils have reached breaking point, with lack of funding leading to the closure of hundreds of children’s and youth centres in the past 5…

  • Published on 8 Aug 2017 Sections

    A mother has told a medical tribunal it “never crossed her mind” that staff would not supervise her teenage son – who drowned in a bath in an NHS care unit after an epileptic seizure. Sara Ryan told the hearing in Manchester that the whole situation surrounding her son Connor Sparrowhawk’s treatment had been “terrifying”.…

  • Published on 2 Aug 2017 Sections

    Game of Thrones star Kit Harington – aka Jon Snow – has joined a campaign to support charities facing a £400 million bill for back pay owed to carers who sleep over in residential homes. The charity Mencap says the ruling to pay carers the National Minimum Wage could have a devastating impact on the…

  • Published on 31 Jul 2017 Sections ,

    The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to recruit thousands more mental health workers, in the hope of having enough staff to treat a million more patients by 2020. Critics have questioned how it will be funded and point out that thousands of posts are still unfilled. This programme has learned of a 14-year-old…

  • Published on 28 Jul 2017 Sections

    Just days short of his first birthday, Charlie Gard has died from a rare genetic condition,following a long-running legal battle over his treatment. In a statement,  his mother Connie Yates said: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you, Charlie.”

  • Published on 27 Jul 2017 Sections ,

    The terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will spend his last moments in a hospice, after a high court judge ruled that his life support treatment should be withdrawn soon. His parents had argued that they wanted more time with their son. Great Ormond Street hospital has issued a statement tonight and our health and social…

  • Published on 18 Jul 2017

    Hundreds of children who’ve been sexually abused are being refused compensation by a government agency, in a few cases because they’re said to have given consent. The legal age of consent is 16. In the last hour, a spokesperson for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority said they were urgently reviewing their guidelines. We’ve been talking to one young woman who…